§ 10-2405.  Hearings on Petition and Issuance of a Gun Violence Protection Order.
   (1)   General rule. Within five days of the filing of a petition under this Chapter, or within such other time as the parties may agree or as the Court upon cause shown shall direct, a hearing shall be held before the Court, at which the petitioner must establish one of the circumstances set forth in subsection 10-2404(1) by a preponderance of the evidence. The Court shall direct an appropriate method and time for notice under the circumstances. The notice shall include a statement advising the respondent of the right to be represented by counsel, and the possibility that any firearm, other weapon or ammunition owned may be ordered temporarily relinquished as the result of the hearing, or such other notice as the Court determines is appropriate under the circumstances. This notice shall be printed and delivered in a manner directed by the Court which easily attracts attention to its content.
   (2)   Emergency order. If a petitioner requests an emergency Gun Violence Protection Order in a petition filed under this Chapter and alleges a reasonable belief that there is an immediate and present danger that the respondent will abuse another, inflict serious bodily harm to respondent's own self, or commit suicide, the Court shall conduct an ex parte proceeding if it determines such a proceeding is appropriate. Such ex parte proceedings may be conducted by a master appointed consistent with subsection 10-2405(6). The Court may enter such an emergency order as it deems necessary under the circumstances if it finds that there is such an immediate and present danger. Any ex parte order issued under this subsection (2) shall be served concurrently with the notice of hearing and petition under subsection 10-2405(1). The order shall remain in effect until modified or terminated by the Court after notice and hearing in accordance with subsection 10-2405(1), or as otherwise provided by the Court. The ex parte Gun Violence Protection Order shall direct service of the order and otherwise provide direction to the Police Department to implement the order consistent with Sections 10-2406 and 10-2407 as the Court deems appropriate, and shall include the following, or such other provisions as the Court deems appropriate:
      (a)   A statement of the grounds on which the Court's determination is based;
      (b)   The date and time the order was issued;
      (c)   The date and time the order expires;
      (d)   The date, time and location of the scheduled hearing;
      (e)   A notification to the respondent that the respondent is prohibited from possessing or controlling any firearms and is required to relinquish any firearms to a law enforcement officer;
      (f)   The following statement:
"To the subject of this protection order: This order is valid until the date and time noted above. You are required to immediately relinquish all firearms in your custody, control, or possession. You may not have in your custody or control, purchase, possess, receive, or attempt to purchase or receive, a firearm while this order is in effect. You must relinquish to the Philadelphia Police Department all firearms in your custody, control, or possession. A hearing will be held on the date and at the time noted above to determine if a Gun Violence Protection Order should be issued. Failure to appear at that hearing may result in the Court entering an order against you that is valid for one year. You may seek the advice of an attorney as to any matter connected with this order."
      (g)   A verification of service form to be completed by the Philadelphia Police Officer serving the order with instructions to where the verification form must be delivered.
   (3)   Gun Violence Protection Order. Upon hearing the matter, if the Court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that a respondent poses an imminent threat of harm to others or to the respondent's own self by having possession, custody or control of any firearm, the Court shall issue a Gun Violence Protection Order for a period not to exceed one year which directs service of the order and otherwise provides direction to the Police Department to implement the order consistent with Sections 10-2406 and 10-2407 as the Court deems appropriate, and includes the following, or such other provisions as the Court deems appropriate:
      (a)   A statement of the grounds on which the Court's determination is based;
      (b)   The date and time the order was issued;
      (c)   The date and time the order expires;
      (d)   The date and time for a subsequent hearing for the respondent to appear and confirm that such respondent has relinquished any firearms in respondent's possession, custody, or control.
      (e)   The following statement:
"To the subject of this protection order: This order will last until the date and time noted above. If you have not done so already, you must immediately relinquish to the Philadelphia Police Department all firearms in your custody, control, or possession. You may not purchase, possess, control, receive, or attempt to purchase or receive, a firearm while this order is in effect. You must appear at a hearing scheduled at ____________ to demonstrate that you have relinquished any firearms in your possession, custody or control, unless otherwise notified. You may seek the advice of an attorney as to any matter connected with this order."
      (f)   A verification of service form to be completed by the Police Officer serving the order with instructions as to where the verification form must be delivered.
   (4)   Renewal of orders.
      (a)   A petitioner or a law enforcement officer or law enforcement agency may by motion request a renewal of a Gun Violence Protection Order at any time within one hundred twenty (120) calendar days before the expiration of the order.
      (b)   Upon receipt of the motion for renewal, the Court shall schedule a hearing as the Court deems appropriate and notice shall be provided to the respondent.
      (c)   The Court may order the renewal of a Gun Violence Protection Order for a period not to exceed one year consistent with the provisions of subsection 10-2403(3). However, if, after notice to the respondent, the motion for renewal is uncontested and the petitioner seeks no modification of the order, the order may be renewed on the basis of the petitioner's motion or affidavit stating that there has been no material change in relevant circumstances since entry of the order and stating the reason for the requested renewal.
   (5)   Termination of orders. The respondent may submit a motion to terminate a Gun Violence Protection Order issued under this Chapter by filing a motion averring a changes in circumstances that establish that respondent no longer poses an imminent threat of harm to the respondent's own self or to others. Upon receipt of such a motion, the Court shall review to determine whether respondent's allegations warrant a hearing and, if so, shall schedule a hearing and direct notice to the respondent and petitioner, and any other interested parties, as appropriate. If, after such hearing, the Court determines that the preponderance of the evidence establishes that the respondent no longer poses an imminent threat of harm to the respondent's own self or to others, the Court shall grant the motion and terminate the Gun Violence Protection Order.
   (6)   The Court may provide for the selection and appointment of a master or masters for emergency relief on a full-time or part-time basis.